Friday, February 17, 2006

Going, Going, Gone . . . the Disappearing ABC Sunday School

What has become of the Sunday School/Church School in the ABCUSA? The graph in this blog comes from official ABC sources. Changing cultural patterns, differences in how "church" is done in this decade, a shift to small groups, and many other explanations might be offered to explain the drop in enrollment. But, considering how much smaller average attendance would be than a more static "enrollment" metric, can we begin to say that the church school is now on life support and in danger of expiring?

Conservatives will quickly reply that the losses in numbers within the ABCUSA may be attributed to doctrinal laxity and organizational identity confusion. Does anyone have more illuminating statistics to help analyze this trend?

1 comment:

Bryan Peters said...

This is a trend among American Christians in general. As I was recently told when preparing to deliver a message for my college campus ministry's worship service, "don't preach or teach." Share your experiences and an anecdote or two, but don't use words like "should" (side note: I ignored this and went ahead with my sermon on 1 Cor. 1:18-2:5). Apparently, Christians on my campus aren't very interested in being taught.